Thursday, July 27, 2017

Can This Startup Cure Chicago's Nature Deficit Disorder?

  Here is one startup's mission to cure Chicago of a problem afflicting thousands of locals. Yes, I'm talking about Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD)—the extreme inability to spend time outside because all the campsites are taken.

Consider this sobering fact:
>> Campsites on public land near Chicago often book up six months in advance. Even if locals want to connect with nature, they can't—resulting in NDD.

With 3.5 million users, Hipcamp [https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/Illinois]—a startup that creates new campsites by unlocking access to beautiful private lands such as nature preserves, farms, and ranches—is launching in Chicago to give residents a totally new way to camp, even if it's at the last minute. The best part? Most of its campsites are on land previously inaccessible to the public and waiting to be explored.

Here's how Hipcamp is getting more Chicago residents outside this summer:

>> USERS CAN BOOK CAMPSITES AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE
Chicago's public campgrounds are inaccessible to those who need to book emergency R&R nature time. Hipcamp offers 10,000 private campsites nationwide—and, adding thousands more every month, it’s enabling Americans to opt outside, no matter how last minute.

>> IT PROVIDES UNMATCHABLE EXPERIENCES
Explore your own private waterfall, learn how to harvest grapes, or pet baby farm animals. No tent? No problem. Stay in a tent, a yurt, a treehouse, a tiny home, a glamping tent, and more. Private Hipcamp bookings offer unique experiences that go far beyond traditional camping.

>> EACH BOOKING GIVES BACK TO THE LAND
Hipcamp allows landowners to share their corner of nature with the world, while generating the income they need to keep the land in their hands. It’s great for the environment and a gift to future generations of nature-lovers.

Chicago residents can book their Hipcamp experience here:
>> https://www.hipcamp.com/discover/Illinois

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